HomeDelta amacuroThe morocoto festival began in the pipes of Delta Amacuro

The morocoto festival began in the pipes of Delta Amacuro

The abundant fishing season lasts until September each year

Between June and July of each year, the Morocoto festival begins in the Delta pipes, the area where only the Warao indigenous people live. This is the second most important season after the crab season.

With the arrival of winter, morocotos abound in the Antonio Díaz municipality of the Delta Amacuro state, about three hours by river from Tucupita. 

Given the abundance of this fish, the Waraos fish them even in the port of their homes, without having to go into the jungle, as must happen in other seasons.

That's why they call it the morocoto festival, because it is abundant and the waraos sell it, exchange it for other items or prepare all kinds of dishes with it.

“Everyone becomes healthy, beautiful, by eating morocotos,” said Mr. Luis Cepeda, from the Araguaimujo community, in the Warao language. 

It is a healthy fish like others. Its meat is white and soft. The Waraos enjoy it mainly grilled or in sancocho. 

In general, they do not sell them in the pipes, but rather they exchange them with products that very little can be found in these areas of the Delta. 

“They exchange kilo for kilo, that is, you can give me a kilo of pasta or flour and I will give you a kilo of morocoto,” explains Mr. Cepeda. 

Those who do the bartering are the so-called caveros who sell the fish in Tucupita or Barrancas del Orinoco. Being in these locations, a kilo of morocoto costs 180 Bs.

This price varies if they are sold in Monagas or Bolívar, when they are packaged for different renowned supermarkets. 

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